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Jennifer Donofrio

Jennifer Donofrio works for the city of Tucson's Department of Transportation. She enjoys the fact that her dog, Greta Jr., loves singing along to Greyhound Soul's "Angelina."

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Beach Boys in 1987 at the Hilton El Conquistador. I can still remember lying on a blanket, thinking, "Yep, I am a California Girl."

What are you listening to these days?

I listen to a lot of different things. Right now, I have a mix of blues (Etta James, Elmore James, Muddy Waters), country (Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, George Strait) and rock (Broken Social Scene, Cocteau Twins, Velvet Underground) on my playlist.

What was the first album you owned?

Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl. My sister and I re-recorded all the songs to make our own album and gave it to my grandpa as a gift.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

I have tried to like reggae, but I cannot get into the groove.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would love to see Patti Smith perform on Cinco de Mayo in Mexico City. Patti Smith is such a great performer, plus local band Saint Maybe is opening for her.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Country music. It is what my parents played in the house growing up.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

I would like my funeral to include a guitar-ity (a guitar sing-along party). I would invite all my friends and family to come and sing songs that make them feel better. On the "other side," I would like Jeff Buckley to serenade me with "Hallelujah."

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

I date a musician, Chris Sauer, and he teaches me all about music and bands. Before he came along, there was Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional, who made me want to learn how to play the guitar.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Bad Religion, The Process of Belief.

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